Perhaps unsurprisingly, superheroes were all over the place in the world of movie news this week. Marvel kick-started the marketing push for their sorcery spectacle Doctor Strange, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the unconventional hero. There was also exciting news for Deadpool fans and indeed even more to anticipate for however many people are still fans of Avatar.
There’s also more news on the most bizarre crossover in cinema. It’s the weekly news round-up…
Deadpool 2 is an expletive-spewing reality
Given the extraordinary success of the first film and the Cable-related post-credits sting, Deadpool 2 was pretty much a formality. This week, though, Fox made the official announcement at CinemaCon, with star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller confirmed to return to the fold.
It’s likely we won’t see Deadpool 2 until late 2017 or 2018, but it’s heartening to see such an original property getting another outing after making a real success of itself.
Rowling and Redmayne give us a good look at Fantastic Beasts
Anticipation is building for JK Rowling’s return to the big screen universe of Harry Potter with America-set tale Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A full-length trailer for the film was released this week, giving us a good look at Eddie Redmayne‘s magizoologist Newt Scamander and Colin Farrell as the auror looking to track him down.
It’s a solid enough teaser that offers tantalising mention of a close link between Newt and Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Unfortunately, it’s a little light on the creatures that give the film its title and, as a result, feels a little disappointing on that front. Nonetheless, there’s still plenty to look forward to when the film is released in November.
Cumberbatch gets Strange as Marvel unleashes oddball hero
Marvel certainly isn’t in the practice of shying away from their weirder properties. After the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor, the studio is diversifying further into the world of magic and mystics with Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Scott Derrickson, who is most famous for horror films like Sinister.
The film recently wrapped shooting and now the marketing machine has clunked into action with a new poster and a teaser trailer. It’s a really cool teaser that wisely holds back on giving us too much of Cumberbatch in costume, preferring to trace the origin of the character. This remains one of the most interesting and exciting Marvel properties. November can’t come quickly enough.
James Cameron continues to add Avatar sequels
James Cameron hasn’t yet made a sequel to his 2009 sci-fi Avatar, which remains the highest-grossing movie of all time. However, his lack of productivity hasn’t stopped him promising an enormous franchise centered around the blue people of Pandora. His latest announcement is that he will now be making four more Avatar movies, to be shot concurrently in a frankly ridiculous undertaking.
At some point, he’s going to have to actually get behind the camera. More importantly, though, does anyone actually care?
Cannes line-up provides few surprises
The Cannes Film Festival, in May, is one of the most prestigious events on the film calendar and attracts some of the biggest names in Hollywood to debut their new releases. This year is no different, with Steven Spielberg, Shane Black and Woody Allen set to debut their new movies on the Croisette.
Allen’s Cafe Society will open the festival, with Spielberg’s The BFG and Black’s The Nice Guys likely to be the hottest tickets in town. George Miller will lead the Palme d’Or jury, choosing from the likes of Xavier Dolan, Park Chan-Wook and the Dardennes.
Jump Street/Men in Black is actually happening… for real
When rumours first surfaced of a potential crossover between the Jump Street franchise and flagging sci-fi trilogy Men in Black, there was derision online. Now, however, Sony has announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller will develop MIB 23 as a union of the two franchise, with James Bobin of The Muppets slated to direct.
This can be filed under ideas so crazy that they just might work. If Lord and Miller can channel their trademark madcap spirit into this wild idea, MIB 23 could be a really fun movie.
Pokémon sparks bidding war
It’s likely been a long time since you last thought about the idea of a Pokémon movie. However, The Hollywood Reporter has written that a bidding war is in progress between major studios, who are keen to turn the Japanese anime and trading card phenomenon into a live-action Hollywood movie.
The report states that a number of big studios, including Warner Bros, Sony and Legendary Pictures are in the frame to buy up the popular property, which was huge in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This could be a great nostalgia movie for people of the Pokémon generation, myself included, and it would be interesting to see what modern CGI could do with Pikachu and others when battle gets going.
As long as they keep it mostly to the original 150, I’m on board.
Which upcoming release are you most looking forward to – Doctor Strange or Fantastic Beasts? Does a Deadpool sequel get your pulse rating? Do you still care about Avatar? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.